1974, I remember it well. It was my first year of High School and I was just becoming aware of how good Aussie music was at the time.
Pop band Sherbet was posing for “risque” portraits, Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister, The Eastern Suburbs Roosters were Rugby League Premiers, Richmond won the VFL Final, John Howard enters politics as an opposition backbencher and Think Big wins the Melbourne Cup. Andrew Johns, Shane Webcke and Ricky Ponting are all born in 1974 and two classic films are screened for the first time, Stone and The Cars That Ate Paris. Christmas 1974 saw the city of Darwin flattened by cyclone Tracey.
In cricket, Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee were wreaking havoc on a shell-shocked English side in The Ashes.
The third Sunbury concert rocked Victoria with a lineup that included Blackfeather, The 69’ers, Skyhooks, The Dingoes, Kush, Buster Brown, Chain, Madder Lake, MacKenzie Theory, Ayers Rock, Sid Rumpo, Ross Ryan, Daddy Cool (reformed for this concert) and Queen
1974 was also the first year that Countdown screened in Australian homes and it changed our lives. It really brought great Aussie music to the masses and genuinely had us huddling around the TV set each week to see who was number 1. Also on TV that year we were watching timeless classics such as “The Class Of ’74” and “The Box”.
So, here is some of the great Australian Music from 1974, Enjoy!
Some of the Gigs Australians were going to in 1974
|27/01/74||Daddy Cool||Sunbury, VIC||Sunbury Pop Festival 1974|
|17/02/74||Geordie (England)||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|Billed as “Castrol GTX Fat Session” Support Bands: Buffalo, 69er’s, Hush & Sherbet|
|17/03/74||Daddy Cool||Prahran, VIC||Ormond Hall|
|24/03/74||Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|Support Bands: Ginger, Stevie Wright Band & La De Das|
|25/04/74||Daddy Cool||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|Support Bands: Home, La De Das & Stevie Wright Band|
|09/05/74||Daddy Cool||Adelaide, SA||Festival Theatre|
|01/06/74||Cat Stevens||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|20/09/74||Skyhooks||Bondi Junction||Bondi Lifesaver|
|05/11/74||Black Sabbath||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|Support Band: AC/DC|
|16/11/74||Black Sabbath||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|Support band: Buffalo|
|19/11/74||Uriah Heep||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|20/11/74||Status Quo||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
If you’ve got any thoughts or memories from 1974 I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. Likewise, if you know of any film clips from then, let me know & I’ll include them here.